Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Community Engagement

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is located in the southwestern region of the United States and sits on the original homelands of indigenous peoples who have stewarded this land since time immemorial.

We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.

We recognize and acknowledge the people, culture and history that comprises the Wildcat community. Recognizing this privilege, respect for all dimensions of diversity is essential to the successful attainment of our mission. We are committed to promoting health, improving wellness and diagnosing and treating disease for all the people of Arizona and beyond, through innovation in education, research, and patient care.

At the Department of Psychiatry, we believe in fostering a culture of Inclusive Excellence. All identities and differences including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, socioeconomic status, educational backgrounds and geographic region are embraced and valued. A culture of Inclusive Excellence creates role models, broadens perspectives, combats negative stereotyping and optimizes our ability to provide world-class mental health care for all.

The mission of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is to create an inclusive environment where all students, residents/fellows, faculty and staff will thrive. We seek to engage a diverse constituency that values equity and inclusion, celebrates our differences, builds advocates and allies, and excels in training to provide equitable care and biomedical research to benefit all patients.

The Department of Psychiatry expresses its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by:

  1. Recruiting, educating, training, employing and retaining diverse students, residents/fellows, faculty and staff,
  2. Fostering the development of personal attributes in each member of its academic community that are necessary to achieve its mission,
  3. Encouraging and supporting culturally relevant scholarly activities, that acknowledge and respect systems of healing that emerge from different traditions,
  4. Providing a culturally humble, inclusive and respectful environment, holding ourselves and each other to the highest ethical and professional standards, and
  5. Not tolerating expressions of discrimination of any kind, including – but not limited to – racism, sexism, cisgenderism, heterosexism, ageism, or ableism, in our interactions with patients, the community, or each other.


For faculty and staff: Download the application to Request Individual DEI Credit.

Read an overview of and see photos from our 2022 retreat here.